Locum doctors are being offered nearly three times the pay of regular GPs in a bid to stop surgeries closing.

A Sunday Mirror probe found dozens of job ads online trying to lure temporary GPs with rates of up to £1,200 for one shift.

One ad recruiting out-of-hours docs in North Hampshire, the area of England worst hit by practice closures, promised a chance to earn £20,000 a month.

That works out at £240,000 a year, almost treble the £87,000 a salaried GP could hope to get from the NHS.

In the south of the same county an ad offered the chance to earn £128,000 a year at a surgery near Gosport.

On top of the huge cash incentives are fees for recruitment agencies.

This week it emerged a record 138 practices shut in 2018, up from 18 five years ago.

GPs say workload stress has pushed colleagues to retire early, with bosses ­struggling to fill the vacancies.

Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard of the Royal College of GPs said locums were “valued” but not a long-term answer to shortages.

NHS England said: “There are more than 2,500 extra fully ­qualified GPs working in local surgeries than in 2015.”

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